When remodelling or renovating a home, many people choose standard options like carpet or laminate floors. Whilst these options are undeniably affordable, they don’t really do a great deal for the properties overall appeal and value.
If you are renovating a property as a business investment, or just want to achieve a high end finish on the remodelling of your residential property, then here are a few great flooring options you should definitely consider:
Most people associate Parquet flooring with the most popular herringbone appearance, and do not realise that because Parquet is essentially a mosaic composed of separate wooden pieces, a variety of designs can be achieved.
Some of the most popular designs include, basket weave, bricks, and chevron. Different coloured wooden blocks can also be interweaved to create stunning custom designs.
Granite has a reputation for incredible strength and durability, perfect attributes for a flooring material. Granite is also available in a huge range colours and varieties, this is because appearance is determined by chemical composition. Granite forms as a molten rock that cools within the earth’s crust, and is made up of several other minerals and rocks, including quartz and potassium feldspar. This composition varies by geographic location, so granite sourced from Brazil may be predominantly white, whilst granite mined in Telangana, South Central India could have a beautiful black sparkly appearance.
Granite flooring is undoubtedly beautiful and hardwearing, it is also available in a huge range of finishes. Flamed finishes work particularly well with rustic properties, whilst polished finishes are the best option for modern luxury.
A great choice for barn conversions, period cottages, and farmhouse restorations, interior flagstone flooring provides a hard wearing rustic appearance and can be finished in a range of different shades.
Quality hand-made flagstones are often virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, and are available for a fraction of the cost.
Slate tile is remarkably soft and comfortable under foot for a stone flooring. The durability of slate is well known, with slate tiled roofs often surviving for well over fifty years, but slate is perhaps even better as a flooring material.
Slate is often susceptible to flaking, this happens when one layer of the stone splits away from its adjacent layer. But when slate flooring is properly laid on a solid foundation, this problem does not occur. It also retains heat really well, and looks great in bathrooms, stairwells, and kitchens. A penetrating seal can also be applied to make slate more stain resistant and give it a wet look.
Marble is one of the most prestigious natural stones available, not only is marble incredibly durable, when properly sealed it is also highly stain resistant. Marble is undoubtedly one of most expensive flooring options available, but it does lend a subtle elegance, and can definitely increase the value of your home. It’s also very easy to clean and maintain.